Backlog Continues

Veteran Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan gestures during an interview in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New figures show the number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has skyrocketed over the past eight months, leaving thousands of former military members in limbo.Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press
Veteran Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan gestures during an interview in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New figures show the number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has skyrocketed over the past eight months, leaving thousands of former military members in limbo.Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has skyrocketed over the last eight months, new figures show, leaving thousands of former military members in limbo.

Veterans Affairs Canada says there were about 29,000 applications for disability benefits in the queue waiting to be processed at the end of November — a nearly 50 per cent increase since the end of March.

Nearly one-third of those applications have been in the line for more than 16 weeks, which is also an increase since the spring and a sign that wait times are continuing to grow.

Veterans’ advocates have long criticized how long some retired service members have been forced to wait to find out whether they qualify for support and services after sustaining an injury in uniform.

Federal auditor general Michael Ferguson also previously flagged concerns about delays in processing applications from those who have suffered psychological trauma.

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Come’on folks, cut these phoney ‘we really do care’ phonies some slack. The Libs are making progress in at least one area when it comes to our military veterans. Apparently in order to prove that they still qualify for benefits for their lost limb amputees only have to prove they didn’t regrow their missing limb (like lobsters do) once a year. Now I understand that they only have to prove regeneration didn’t occur every 3 years! Halle-f’n- lujah! ‘Lest we forget’, PM Harper had all the time in the world to do away with such a stupid requirement and didn’t.… Read more »